The Day the Cowboys Quit

The Day the Cowboys Quit

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From one of the West's greatest living storytellers, winner of numerous awards, including the Golden Spur, the Saddleman, and the Western Heritage Award, here is Elmer Kelton's rousing novel of the Canadian River cowboy strike of 1883.This was cowboy country once: a land of hardworking hands who rode for the brand come hell or high water. Now a different breed is moving in--big outfits backed by Eastern syndicates and run by power-hungry "managers, " men who figure to make a profit, even if it means crowding a cowboy too far...Hugh Hitchcock tried to keep the peace between rancher and cowboy, but when push came to shove the wagon boss knew where his loyalties lay. And when the ranchers stole his cattle, when they lynched his friend and hired a back shooter to put him in his grave, he kept on fighting...because even is they took everything he had, they couldn't touch his pride--or his willingness to fight to the bloody end.Elmer Kelton is "one of the best of a new breed of Western writers who have driven the genre into new territory." -- "The New York Times"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 25.4mm | 226.8g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765360551
  • 9780765360557
  • 958,289

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"Elmer Kelton is truly a Texas Legend."—Texas Governor Rick Perry
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About Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including "The Time It Never Rained," "Other Men's Horses," "Texas Standoff" and "Hard Trail to Follow." He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, "Hot Iron," was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel "The Good Old Boys" was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.
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4 38% (184)
3 16% (76)
2 3% (15)
1 1% (4)
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